Pakistan news March 3, 2010

Waqar Younis signs as Pakistan coach

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Waqar Younis has signed on as the new coach of the Pakistan side, in the process becoming the fourth coach of the team in three years. The former fast bowler has been in negotiations with the PCB over the last few days, but confirmed that he will now replace Intikhab Alam on a tenure that sees him through to December 2011.

Waqar, who is based in Sydney currently, will arrive in Lahore next week to begin work, the first assignment of which will be to prepare Pakistan's defense of the World Twenty20 crown in the Caribbean in April-May. "I've signed on and agreed to the contract," Waqar told Cricinfo. "I'll be arriving in Lahore from next week to begin work."

Though the PCB had talked of - and approached - at least one foreign option to replace Intikhab in the aftermath of the tour to Australia, Waqar emerged as a favourite to take over last week. He was sent a contract over the weekend and though there initially were a few sticking points, it is believed the chinks have been ironed out.

"I'm absolutely honoured to take on the role and it is a very exciting challenge," Waqar said. "Hopefully I can deliver on the role. Cricket has given me a lot over the years and I want to give something back to cricket and country now. I've always played my cricket with passion and aggression and I want the team to play like that."

This will be Waqar's first official role as head coach at any competitive level, though he has worked with Pakistan twice previously as a bowling coach. The first was a stint under Bob Woolmer between March 2006 and January 2007, a successful stretch during which a number of bowlers prospered. The second time was on the recent Australian tour, where he was one of three coaches in a set-up headed by Intikhab and that appointment was for the series only.

But Waqar believes his relative lack of experience in an expansive role will not be a hindrance, hinting that he would relish the broader sweep such a post would afford him. "I'll probably have more control of various situations and have a say in more decisions. I really enjoyed my time as bowling coach, especially the first one under Bob.

"The last one was a little more difficult but I'm confident I can deliver. I learnt a lot from Bob during his time and I'm hoping I can put that to good use."

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo

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  • BUTT_093 on March 10, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    Its a good appointment firstly since Waqar is relatively a YOUNGER coach than what Pakistan has had in the last few years. Secondly, having been with the team as recently as the last tour to Australia he knows exactly whats wrong with the team and why it does not seem to want to win anymore. He was the legendary bowler of his time and a successful captain. The only thing that troubles me is the apparent wisdom the board has employed in taking this decision because it seems all too sudden, and what I fear is the fact that an early exit from the World T20 in April might see him axed as well by the CONFUSED and INCOMPETENT cricket board. Lets hope thats not the case ......

  • on March 6, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Inshallah Waqar Younis will make us proud once again as a coach . Make the team play with passion and aggression like you use to play . So good luck as coach all my prayers with you

  • on March 5, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    Pakistan dont need a gud coach they need a better cricket team...I have lost my fate on pakistan cricket team

  • wisamsh on March 5, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    It must be understood, that a coach's job is to motivate the players, nor to run around the field. Moreover, he is only responsible for enhancing the skills of players and he cannot turn them around overnight. Waqar would definitely enhance Pakistan's bowling department but believe me nobody can turn Pakistan's batting straight. The idea is that players with faulty techniques should be sent to the NCA to redeem themselves. Players like Khalid Latif (not moving his legs early in the innings), Imran Farhat (too much erratic), Shoaib Malik (hitting across the bat), Salman Butt (lack of shots all around the ground) should be sent to work under batting coaches back at the NCA. This is what happens in other countries. This is not the job of the coach of the national team; it comes under the duty of the NCA coaches. Also, selectors should be careful in picking up players. They pick up players who are effective, not people with good techniques and teams are able to exploit them later on.

  • GUDU1 on March 5, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    We needed a bating coach and WY was not a batsman he was a bowler. I don't think he will be a good coach. He tried his best to get a bowling coach's job in Australia but he was not even offered a job to coach NSW (State team). And here he is Coach of Pakistan team. It is not a good decesion. He himself had issues with WASIM AKRAM, how would he resolve the issues between the players. Rashid Latif or Shoab Muhammad could have been better options.

  • aztecs on March 4, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Give the guy a break, yes he's made a mistake of possibly being caught up in some of the biggest scandals of match fixing, yes he has made comments in the past he has taken a u turn on, yes we have an incompetent chairman, yes we have a patron who was known as Mr 10% but has changed his name by default to 99%, yes we have probelms in our batting and WY is only a bowling coach, yes we have unrest in the dressing room which started with Waqar and Wasim, but look at the bright side we have more interesting reading to come.....Just imagine at least in future we can overlook our lack of talent and argue that the match has been fixed isnt that great!! At least we wont be as emabrassed. LOL

  • Hassan.Farooqi on March 4, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    shariff01: "A drunk, womaniser, know gambler". You are mistaken Mr. Shariff. Imran Khan is not the new coach Waqar is.

  • Uomur on March 4, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Waqar Younis may be one of the best bowlers in the world but he lacks the basic abilities that a coach requires. He failed as a captain in 2003. I dont understand the logic behinf his selection. But then again this is not the worst thing. Mohsin Khan being selected as Chief selector shows how twisted PCB is by petty politics.

  • Jhammatian on March 4, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Good and Inshallah Effective changes in Pakistan Cricket ...... and Its very good decision for appointing a local coach as he can best interact and understand the problems with team ..

    Good Luck Pakistan ......

  • imranc21 on March 4, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Yeah there are changes needed in this department. Waqar Younis is the guy every pakistani is big fan of him. He seems physically fit and have experinced in coaching so i think it would've be a positve change and hope for pakistan.

    Only my concern is that i 've heard in his commentary hinting negative things about karachi...or few of the people i know have the same view. Well i hope it was not intentional .. and hope he's not racist.... or karachi boys future will be in trouble.

  • BUTT_093 on March 10, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    Its a good appointment firstly since Waqar is relatively a YOUNGER coach than what Pakistan has had in the last few years. Secondly, having been with the team as recently as the last tour to Australia he knows exactly whats wrong with the team and why it does not seem to want to win anymore. He was the legendary bowler of his time and a successful captain. The only thing that troubles me is the apparent wisdom the board has employed in taking this decision because it seems all too sudden, and what I fear is the fact that an early exit from the World T20 in April might see him axed as well by the CONFUSED and INCOMPETENT cricket board. Lets hope thats not the case ......

  • on March 6, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    Inshallah Waqar Younis will make us proud once again as a coach . Make the team play with passion and aggression like you use to play . So good luck as coach all my prayers with you

  • on March 5, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    Pakistan dont need a gud coach they need a better cricket team...I have lost my fate on pakistan cricket team

  • wisamsh on March 5, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    It must be understood, that a coach's job is to motivate the players, nor to run around the field. Moreover, he is only responsible for enhancing the skills of players and he cannot turn them around overnight. Waqar would definitely enhance Pakistan's bowling department but believe me nobody can turn Pakistan's batting straight. The idea is that players with faulty techniques should be sent to the NCA to redeem themselves. Players like Khalid Latif (not moving his legs early in the innings), Imran Farhat (too much erratic), Shoaib Malik (hitting across the bat), Salman Butt (lack of shots all around the ground) should be sent to work under batting coaches back at the NCA. This is what happens in other countries. This is not the job of the coach of the national team; it comes under the duty of the NCA coaches. Also, selectors should be careful in picking up players. They pick up players who are effective, not people with good techniques and teams are able to exploit them later on.

  • GUDU1 on March 5, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    We needed a bating coach and WY was not a batsman he was a bowler. I don't think he will be a good coach. He tried his best to get a bowling coach's job in Australia but he was not even offered a job to coach NSW (State team). And here he is Coach of Pakistan team. It is not a good decesion. He himself had issues with WASIM AKRAM, how would he resolve the issues between the players. Rashid Latif or Shoab Muhammad could have been better options.

  • aztecs on March 4, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Give the guy a break, yes he's made a mistake of possibly being caught up in some of the biggest scandals of match fixing, yes he has made comments in the past he has taken a u turn on, yes we have an incompetent chairman, yes we have a patron who was known as Mr 10% but has changed his name by default to 99%, yes we have probelms in our batting and WY is only a bowling coach, yes we have unrest in the dressing room which started with Waqar and Wasim, but look at the bright side we have more interesting reading to come.....Just imagine at least in future we can overlook our lack of talent and argue that the match has been fixed isnt that great!! At least we wont be as emabrassed. LOL

  • Hassan.Farooqi on March 4, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    shariff01: "A drunk, womaniser, know gambler". You are mistaken Mr. Shariff. Imran Khan is not the new coach Waqar is.

  • Uomur on March 4, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Waqar Younis may be one of the best bowlers in the world but he lacks the basic abilities that a coach requires. He failed as a captain in 2003. I dont understand the logic behinf his selection. But then again this is not the worst thing. Mohsin Khan being selected as Chief selector shows how twisted PCB is by petty politics.

  • Jhammatian on March 4, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Good and Inshallah Effective changes in Pakistan Cricket ...... and Its very good decision for appointing a local coach as he can best interact and understand the problems with team ..

    Good Luck Pakistan ......

  • imranc21 on March 4, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Yeah there are changes needed in this department. Waqar Younis is the guy every pakistani is big fan of him. He seems physically fit and have experinced in coaching so i think it would've be a positve change and hope for pakistan.

    Only my concern is that i 've heard in his commentary hinting negative things about karachi...or few of the people i know have the same view. Well i hope it was not intentional .. and hope he's not racist.... or karachi boys future will be in trouble.

  • venugaandu on March 4, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Waqar as main coach of Pakistan team. I can smell the division already. This is the same Waqar who along with Moin Khan said in a TV interview ( Bolein kya baat hai) that he has seen how PCB treats its employees and he will never work for PCB. I guess Money talks B.S rocks........ P.S I bet he won't last dill dec 2011.

  • on March 4, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    i think thts a bad decision to bring in command of coaching to a bowler we r suffring frm bad batting if we c in our last tests which was in aus and nz we lost due to bad batting soo tht we should implement the batting coach . so thts a bad decission

  • on March 4, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    A very bad decision by the PCB indeed! Although Waqar Younis has the abilities and all what is required to get Pakistan on track but he is no different then the players. He has attitude and might i tell you, he is the person who has been caught in match fixing but it's still not proved. He has been the coach of Pakistan before but that didn't do anything then and certainly wouldn't do now. The coach which Pakistan dearly requires is of a person of Imran Khan character. My first suggestions would be Geoff Lawson as he is so into it for coaching Pakistan again and has given the desire many times. Also, to get on the right track, we need the so-called Player Power to end and attitude being thrown into shadows by each player. They should know that they play for the team and mostly for Pakistan as it's representatives. Moreover, politics should be banned from PCB and selection of bodies and players be on merit and we will be back on track.

  • wajaattack on March 4, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Anyone is better than I.Alam, at least the coach can now sweat it out with the team during training sessions. But the problem is not COACH its the players attitude. They should realize that they are being paid to do and they have an obligation to perform. Run this like a corporate organization and there would be success otherwise we will keep on running around in circles.

  • lateef on March 4, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    very bad dicision! right person is Imran khan(selection or coach) coz pakistani need strick leader which he done it in past great leader & gonna be great coach.like wise on his time if you perform well so you in if not you gonna be out simple rule. when the money involve in game so you cant play for country,team never get unity never, so much politics involve so never perform. you have to proud that Allah gave you name & respect(ezzat) so your embassider of your country so play for country not just for ? & thanks to Allah all the time

  • SureshAmsterdam on March 4, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    Team Pakistan needs stability first and foremost. NO political appointees as PCB chairmen but someone knowledgeable with a good overview of the game, like Imran Khan. This is also necessary in India with the BCCI. Then they need a firm and skillful coach like Gary Kirsten who creates a positive atmosphere and knows how to motivate his players, not a disciplinarian like Greg Chappell. Top players are (usually) very motivated and don't need technical coaching or enforced discipline. They need to find ways to keep enjoying their game, deal with the daily grind and re-motivate themselves out of a form slump or injury. You can clearly see the difference in team spirit in team India under Greg Chappell and under Gary Kirsten. Finally they need a calm and strong captain whom everyone can trust. MS Dhoni may not be India's best batsman, but he stays calm in tough situations, keeps objective if India win or lose, talks straight and supports his players. Imagine if Pakistan had all of this...

  • mykhan on March 4, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    salams, i m sure that waqar younis has the capability to coach the team paksitan towards sucsess and relegate the signs of complete mess once again. if he's been given the complete authority over certain issues i.e. selection and to ward-off the players power which every body has been talking about. i suppose he is goin to adopt the same theory as he explains when he sits on eperts panel on tele. mykhan.

  • inamdarsyed on March 4, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Waqar Younis ,,,,yes we all should keep trust in him ...coz he is a good,kind and generous with lots of talented in him,,,,,plz do not critisize..am sure he will bring out good results...so plz keep patience.

  • on March 4, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    peace to everyone,,,,the only one thing i wants to say here,,,,,,keep the sports away from politics............if not then might be we will see such talented teem and great talented players in the dreams only...........

  • ricky12t on March 4, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    Pakistan appoint waqar as coach till 2011......TILL 2011 doesn't apply for pakistan :-)....No coach lasts till his contract expires :-)

  • cricsans on March 4, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    If the objective is to get some "order" in the Pakistani team, it will be a good idea to appoint a Military person. Bowlers will remember to bowl a disciplined line and length, batsmen wouldn't throw away their wicket... No more rumours of match fixing, players allowing their ego to get better, no more drugs... If Gen Zia was around, he'd make a good coach.

    What's wrong with Pakistani cricket? In the T20 game v Australia at Melbourne, check out the 17th over. http://bit.ly/cRV2CU

  • on March 4, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Our Cricket Team's performance is not good for the last few years because of player power and the week management. we need to some changes like Give captincy to one person who knows how to manage and lead from the front and make sure the person who play with team has to perform consitantly or he out from the team.

    GO BACK TO BASICS.

  • on March 4, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    I think it will make little difference who the coach is as long as the culture of conflict among the players remain. It is there since the start of the country's early time. It was very nacked in the 70's, 80's and 90's. Only way this will go away when you will have a strong PCB with right leadership who will have the ability and can exercise that in a neutral way. I have not seen a fair PCB, selection committee in a long time. Imran and Miandad fought between them but they also played for the team and for the country with the authority proportional to their superior quality. I do not see those characteristics in PCB, the selection committee or in the team. All of these groups needs to learn from other successful teams and apply that. That is the only way out.

  • 945661 on March 4, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    Some readers have toed the recent assertion made by Javed Miandad that only batting coaches hold the key to success for team Pakistan. It's merely a statement dished out without any statistics to back the half hearted claim, so to speak. Not just the readers but also Miandad himself, has yet to substantiate this theory. Waqar Younous is certainly a cricketer of good standing and repute. He has played test cricket as well as ODIs over a long period of time, to merit consideration for this coveted position.

    While he may not be able to propel the team to the top three positions overnight, team supporters expect him to infuse the right kind of team spirit and discipline to gel the boys into a fighting unit. Positive results would inevitably follow and that too, sooner rather than later. Keep a positive frame of mind and things would begin to show a turn around.

    Mohsin Malik San Francisco Bay Area

  • on March 4, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    RASHID LATIF TO REPLACE Ijaz Butt.

  • Irfan2332 on March 3, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    We are always focused on wrong goals. Our priority should've been "finding strong captain." Strong captain who can keep the team together, both in dressing room and out in the field. If your dressing room environment is good, the players are happy, and when the players are happy they'll put their heart in the game. Why do you think we always lose with top class teams but manage to put up a strong fight against India? The answer is "players put their heart in the game."

    So unless we have a good captain, we will always struggle, even if we have the best coach in the world.

  • viku13a13a on March 3, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    I don't think Waqar is a good choice for coach, 1. Pakistan has always known for their bowling power, they have always had world class bowlers and Waqar was one of them. How ever last TEST and ODI pakistan have lost because of batting and Waqar can not coach any one about batting. He himself needs to learn how to hold a bat. 2 Imran khan would be the best choice if he is interested in my openion. 3 Pakistan has goverment issues (politics) putting their two cents in PCB's desicions. and they have dumb people in PCB who lets them involve. 4 Team it self has problems in terms of players getting long with each other, i belive there are two different groups in team. That unity has to come together.If shoaib Malik is the problem get rid of him (or anyone for that matter) Changing coach is not going to solve Pakistan's performance. Because coach do not play the game players do. PCB's head Mr.Butt should be given exit put some one who loves the game, who has a passion for it.

  • BoomBoomAdnan on March 3, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Welcome Waqar great news for Pakistan cricket after a long time he genuinely wants pakistan team to do good with Ijaz being the fielding coach and waqar being a great bowler himself they need a batting coach in maybe zaheer abbas or any good batsman with good technique wud do.

  • on March 3, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    I dont think that Waqar can be a good coach .. pakistan need a batting coach coz every time pakistani batting fails .. bowling has always won matches for Pakistan . I dont get it why dont they appoint the batting coach like Javaid Miandad or Zaheer Abbas etc.. And other reason is that he is also not that much good captain in his time.. so i completely disagree with PCB.

  • OutCast on March 3, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Indeed, Pak had more coaches than the BF's that Pam Anderson had. Waqar was a good bowler; but he never was a good captain. simply, a pkistani never respects another pakistani. Heads up Pakistan, start searching for a new coach to replace waqar. All you need is a bunch of girls and put 'em in front of sight screen... am I right Akhter? Make sure every player fails neither drug test nor match-fixing. will any?

  • Fayss on March 3, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Waqar Younis seems to be a good choice for the coming Mega Events of Cricket. But I wish he will use 'The Great Saeed Anwar' for the batting support. Because I don't see anyone better than Anwar to rectify the flaws of our batting line up.

    I hope things go different this time and we don't see any mayhem.

  • hamqad on March 3, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    I think its a wonderful decision. The team did wonders during his first stint as a bowling coach. During that time, he was give a lot of room to operate. During his second stint though, his role was more marginalized. This makes me believe that this expansive role will bode well for him and the team.

    Talking about attitude, Waqar comes from the Imran Khan school of cricketers. He has a temper, is hard headed, and has the credentials and the name to control the egoistic- pseudo super stars in our team. I think we Pakistansi need such an authoritative personality over us to perform. Imran was a prime example. No one in the team could even claim to be bigger than him which made him such an effective leader. And I think Waqar is a man who can have the influence on the current team.

  • on March 3, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    i think for the past many years pakistan cricket team is being defeated because of its batting. the batting is a major failure in most of the matches in test & odi. we need a batting coach my dear friends. it was only bob woolmer we made younis khan to bat at number 3 position & so he became a very good middle order batsman...we had a very good middle order batting line up which included inzamam, younis,& yousuf..it was only when bob wollmer was there because he made it...after him geoff lawson became the coach he was a bowler by himself & so we had battin problems.. then we had inthikhan alam who himself is a bowler... take for example india we have the coach gary kirsten who was a quality batsman for south africa....we are good in t20 because there is alot of t20 matches being played..thats why paki cricket team is good in it....

  • Shafiqueislam on March 3, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    I would be happy to see him as a coach of Pakistan.

  • pak-united on March 3, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    This is a positive and probably the most sensible move from the current PCB administration. Even though diversity always helps, however considering the current situation in Pakistan people are reluctant to go there. Besides Pakistan has wonderful players who can use their knowledge to help current cricketers in Pakistan.

  • KTiwari on March 3, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Another egoist at the helm...all the time he was figthing with Akram and anybody else who was Pakistan captain in his time

  • umayrkhan on March 3, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Do not forget:

    1 - Pakistan has had pretty decent coaches in the past, but it was always PCB that turned its back on all of them.

    2 - PCB needs to get rid of the political influence that has plagued cricket in the country, and in order to do that, it needs professionals running cricket affairs, not some wannabe cricket administrators.

    3 - Waqar Younis will be coaching, not bowling. The captain and coach are as good as the team performs. Waugh was a great captain because of his team which never gave up.

    4 - Mental strength is what Pakistani cricketers need. They will not get that by playing ODIs and T20. They need more test cricket, even if they have to play at off-shore venues.

  • on March 3, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    I think waqr is not a good coach in time being, he is a bowling specialist, so pakistan not sustain any match with waqar, It has pure wrong decision of pcb as appointing the coach to waqar. Very quickly it will prove.

  • AkhilGodiyal on March 3, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    The problem is with attitude of Pakistan's players. I wish all the best to Waqar but remember he is not very different either.

  • on March 3, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    i think Wiki can work better with players but he has to work hard on team physiq

  • swat1999 on March 3, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Thanks Waqar, Its a tough job for him, Hope Pakistan Cricket have a new begining under Waqar. He is a great strong man with strong personalities.

    I'm Sure Pakistan will see success soon under new coach.

  • shariff01 on March 3, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    what a brilliant move by PCB, A drunk, womaniser, know gambler and the only player in the history of the game to be banned for CHEATING !!! what fantastic credential our new possesses !!!

  • mohammed79shoaib on March 3, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    its not the question of the bowlers not getting the batsmen out! its the question of taking the catches! how many Dollies did we drop in australia and in NZ before that. 16 in NZ if im not mistaken. and 8 or 9 in that diabolical 2nd match and that was just in the 2nd innings of Australia. How do you blame the bowlers for that? we dropped over 30 cathes on these 2 tours and i am sorry I field in the slips and I have played very good standard premier leage 1st team cricket in England and played against and with test players, and even I wouldnt have dropped half of those catches, at international level that is disgracefull. Imran Farhat, Butt, Umar, some of the catches these guys dropped, it was a Joke. I am not even mentioning Kamran's efforts....they need a whole week to be described!

  • mriaz on March 3, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    i dont think anybody can save pak cricket from these appointments as long as the players do not rise above the personal ego and start playing for the country. coming from the same subcontinent, India too have these ego and selfish players but when it comes to cricket at field, they all are united and play for the country. this patriotism is to be inculcated in the pakistan society. otherwise nothing will change. we would see some individual best from players from time to time, but as a team we can never see a good show. GOD SAVE THEM

  • Hassan.Farooqi on March 3, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Intikhab was a mediocre bowler, not much of a batsman, and a very bad fielder. As a captain, he lost after forcing follow-on. So no wonder under his coaching the team did real bad in fielding, and continued his tradition of losing won matches.

    Waqar was the best bowler Pakistan had seen, and would have been the leading wicket taker of Pakistan had it not been for the dirty lobby of Imran Khan.

    Welcome my favorite bowler.

  • on March 3, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    "WAQAR" is a good choice from the available choice in pakistan, its far better than the old man "INTIKHAB".

  • junaidafzal on March 3, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    atleast something comes +ve from this administration. and for those who are citing that pakistan need batting coach instead of bowling, just for their referrence, can they see how many times Pakistani bowlers took all the wickets of Australia in the rececntly horrible series, i had attend all the matches in sydney, and it was really shocking to know that pakistani bowler didn't bowled them not more than 2 times. it was the same story in nz tour too

  • mohammed79shoaib on March 3, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    Good luck to Waqar. I can understand what other people are feeling but the problem is not the Coach with the Pakistan team, its the players. We have too many Ego's, too many Superstars...11 Captains on the field and about 15 off the field. It's a problem in our culture. Everyone knows whats best for them. Same thing happened when Waqar and Wasim were in the team and Wasim was made the captain! remember what happened then? Same thing keeps happening again and again and it will untill some harsh decisions are made. We have too many politicians surrounding our games in side and outside the sport. its damaging for the game itself and our country's image! but they dont care, its all about the Power and Money! No one plays for the Pride of their Nation! It hurts but its the truth! I hope one day we might see a Pakistan team that is sincere to its country rather than the balance of their accounts!!!

  • synergy on March 3, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    A right decession indeed, but I fore see trouble because Waqar is a no non sence guy and it will be difficult for him to get along with Mohsin Khan and the idiot Butt. Mohsin has all the credentials of becoming the biggest rubber stamp Chief sellector and this is why Butt has installed him in that position and this is what will put him in confrontation with the coach.

  • OnlyAndOnlyCricket on March 3, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Pakistan didn't have good experience with Waqar as a coach earlier. Nothing new is expected from him this time as well. There is a need for change in command from the top in PCB. Match fixing mafia is getting benefit by placing Shoaib Malik, Waqar Younus, Ejaz Ahmed etc in team management. Saeed Anwer, Inzimam are in the que and they are working as adviser to Butt in the background at the moment.

  • imrashant on March 3, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Good Choice.....he is hardworking and dedicated person.

  • on March 3, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    I hope InshAllah good news for us so keep wait ....

  • on March 3, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    well i jus hp dat Waqar cud deliver nw bt @ 1st he has to pin point da bad chicks in team who always creat prob n devide da team into the gropus n also he has to help the captain whether he is MALik r Afridi n support dem n give him confidence so he can eliver n dnt looose command over da team........MAY ALLAH help PAKISTAN team to get rid of dis bad patch.n i fyk whole cricket nation n cricket lovers vl luv to c datt............

  • anaveenaaron on March 3, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Pak team will only improve if the Coach is given all powers and TIME and not bring in Religion in the team. Overnight he cannot do wonders. With people like Afridi (Ball eater) he cannot achieve anything.

  • Roamer on March 3, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    In the last 3-4 series, the problem in Pakistan team was of batting and not bowling .... what advise will he give to the batsmen? ..... the best bet would have been a local/foreign coach who could use technology and be able to use scientific ways to know the weaknesses in the opposition team and exploit them instead of good old days on just focussing on your own strengths and not bothered about the opponent. With the old approach they can win a game here or there but cannot be consistent. Look at all the successful teams in the world and everyone has specialist coaches for everything and they use loads of technology to prepare their team for each and every match. I hope Waqar can do that but I have some doubts :)

  • Rahul_78 on March 3, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    I guess pakistan should appoint a full time person to train the youngsters on how to deal with the issues outside cricket field. There are media, fans, money, bookies etc many issues which needs a mature head on young shoulders to deal with. In india we have the case of virat kohli who was guided on a right path by stalwarts like rahul and anil kumble at royal challengers. This is very important in young players development. Anyhow current pak cricket board is hell bend on distroying pak cricket with all the baffling secisions they have taken recently as pointed out by osman in recent article. Player development must be the last thing on anybodies mind but waqar would do well to get some professional help in this case. They sure dont want to create shoaib akhtar in young mohd amer instead of wasim akram.

  • Nuur on March 3, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    NOTHING's gonna change as long as Ijaz Butt and Wasim Bari are in PCB

  • on March 3, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    Although we have not a good experience with national coaches like as previous with Miadad, Intikhab Alam, but still we think it is the best choice Waqwar is oneof the best fast bowler of his time, our team need aman who can work with senior as well junior players on equal basis, heshould be careful with the players power play, and shyould be maintain strickt desciplan ce, and not allowed players to interfere in his workk. I hope he will be appreicated much that he got a very talent man like Ijaz ahmed as his assistant who is working hard with the under 19 team. every body appeciated his efforts when looking the performacne of younger players in field bolwing.

  • on March 3, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    well i jus hp dat Waqar cud deliver nw bt @ 1st he has to pin point da bad chicks in team who always creat prob n devide da team into the gropus n also he has to help the captain whether he is MALik r Afridi n support dem n give him confidence so he can eliver n dnt looose command over da team........MAY ALLAH help PAKISTAN team to get rid of dis bad patch.n i fyk whole cricket nation n cricket lovers vl luv to c datt............

  • softpeople on March 3, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Well, I think this is a wise move by PCB, Waqar Younis was a fighter bowler of his days, I am sure he can deliver as a bowling coach with assistance of Ijaz Ahmed in batting & fielding department. I hope they will perform well in T20 world cup, & I think PCB idea of hiring a consultant like Miky Aurther for England long Tour will be fruitful for the team as well. I wish Paksitan team up in ICC ranking in between top 4 teams, ofcourse, they are capale of doing it, Pakistan Cricket Zindabad.

  • DrHammad on March 3, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Its a brave challenge accepted by Waqar (May Allah Help him). I think following changes should be made as well: 1. Make Imran Khan chairman of cricket board 2. Make Inzi and Javed bhai bating couches 3. Send 4 young openers to England and Australia for two years to participate in all kind of cricket there 4. Send all the team for one month every year to train under elite police/army commandos.

  • msherazm on March 3, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    To me Rashid Latif would be a better head Coach whereas the great Waqar should stick to being a bowling coach, which he is good at. But not as head coach, especially since Yusuf is a lame duck captain.

    Kick out Malik, based purely on his politicking behind the scene.

  • Nuur on March 3, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    NOTHING is going to change unless we get rid of Ijaz Butts,Miandads and Wasim Baris and bring in Rashid Latifs and Aamer Sohails. Waqar is a stupid option at the moment, why cant people see that our bowling is still top class, we need GOOD BATTING, so hire a good batsman as a coach.

  • on March 3, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    its really gr8 for pakistan cricket to appoint waqar yunus as coach.Inshallah he will sort out the grouping in pakistan team nd finish it.

  • on March 3, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Best of Luck Waqar Younis

  • joyking on March 3, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    I saw his bowling in England when he took more than 5 wickets in ODI's with little support from other side. The english batsmen were a lost lot. If 10% of it is followed by his players, PAK will ROCK

  • on March 3, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    GREAT NEWS FOR PAKISTAN.WAQAR BHAI BEST OF LUCK... :)

  • usman10 on March 3, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    this is a great news hopefully waqar can take complete control over the pathetic situation in the dressing room which has hamper Pakistan's pefrofmance in the recent times..

  • iffoo on March 3, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Well not to be too optimistic about this appointment. Pakistan's main problem is batting and we see no solution to that in appointing Waqar. How come changing the coaches after every defeat solve our team's problems. Another big defeat, pressure on cricket board and I can already see Waqar being sacked much before his contract ends in December 2011.

  • The.Invincibles on March 3, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Yeah i hope he does well and bring pakistan to some place atleast that they can beat some gud teams .... i hope it wont work against us .

  • Junaid-farhan on March 3, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    well doesnt PCB still recognise that pak needs batting coach more than bowling coach , yeah i am happy that waqar is taking the job of chief coach but pak definitely needs a professional batting coach or else its just a waste of improving ur bowling strength and to av a batting line up who have hardly supported their bpwlers from a year now .. hope PCB brings a batting coach alongside waqar and then only best results will come :-)

  • Adamaromus on March 3, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Well I think Waqar shud do well as a coach provided he's allowed to stick till 2011 end. I would recommend to get a batting coach as well, who has a solid tech & teaches Paki batsmen to stay on wicket & play according to situations. Since Waqar himself is a bowler & our bowling lineup is already on acceptable level, so we need to emphasis more on batting dept. So try to get someone from SA or Aust for batting coach.

  • on March 3, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    He is quite dedicating and hard working cricketer,had less controversies in his playing career,hope the hint of politics now gets eradicated from Pakistan Cricket and in its Board's matters.

  • klobania on March 3, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    i think it is the first positive move from pcb since australian tour but at the same time pakistan also need batting coach with the team particularly during foreign tours. i hope pakistan's bowling attack will again rule the world's bowling attack. best of luck to waqar younis and pakistan team

  • on March 3, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    i am happy with both appointments.. waqar younis and Ijaz.

  • umayrkhan on March 3, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    So, how long will he last...

    It is not how good he is... but how powerful he is... Also, the power in Sub-continental cricket lies with the board with exception of a few captains amongst which one was Imran Khan....

    Waqar will not last a year ...

  • irfanzia on March 3, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    This is a good move for Pakistan Cricket bcz Waqar Younis was a excellent player of his time and now hE is good for Pak Team. Best of Luck Waqar! Now Lets see who will be the Captain of Pak Team?

  • maddy20 on March 3, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Woah! Are we gonna see those toe-crushing yorkers again, passed over to the current generation of fast bowlers? As an Indian fan I hope not!

  • le_stephenois on March 3, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Pakistan have got to decide for themselves what a Coach is, whether it is a manager or a head coach. Right now it appears to be somewhere in between, Waqar Younis was better suited to his previous role of being bowling coach, during his tenure there was a marked improvement in a few bowlers particularly Gul.

  • on March 3, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    that's a good move... hope they do well....

  • beaman on March 3, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    atleast PCB have done one good work to appoint Waqar as a head coach, I believe waqar will done a better job like kirsten doing for Team India, now it's time for PCB to kick out king of grouping Shoaib malik from the team to make sure team play with unity.along with shoaib malik, imran farhat( who's in the team , just because his father in law Mohammad ilyas is in selection committee) need to be kick out. best of luck to waqar and Pakistan cricket team.

  • on March 3, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    let us see how much time he will be in that position without any controversies

  • sohi_05 on March 3, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Well, I want to say only 1 thing... "BEST OF LUCK".

  • sherazm on March 3, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Is this for real?

    Waqar is a playing legend but he was a very poor captain & with him as coach & Yusuf Bhai as captain I dont see a good combo, simply cos they both dont have good cricketing brains when it comes to captaincy.

    Although things are so bad currently that it can only get better, even w/them in charge, InshALLAH.

    I dont think this is a wise move but good luck to them none the less.

  • Awish on March 3, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    This is really a good move by PCB.,, Waqar is appropriate person for Pakistan Cricket in Current Scenario.... He's great fast bowler of his era,i'm sure he'll able to improve Paki bowlers skills,but it is up to players to cooperate with him and improve their abilities..On the other hand he should be given some time to work with team.. Best of luck to Waqar and Pakistan team..

  • on March 3, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    very good news for pakistani cricket w yu joined as coach. we are looking forward.

  • Abaa on March 3, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Great now kick that embarrassment of a chairman Ijaz Butt out of the country ...

  • Omarrz on March 3, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Pakistan need a psychologist. No coach. No trainer. Just a mind analyzer.

  • on March 3, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    a positive sign ....atlease he is better than the previous coach ...but PCB is looking to hire some foreign batting consultants .....JAVED MIANDAD is saying again and again that he is ready to work as a batting consultant so why waste money on foreign consultants but due to the personal grudge between PCB chairman and JAVED MIANDAD he is not being appointed .....GOD BLESS PAKISTAN CRICKET ...

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  • on March 3, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    a positive sign ....atlease he is better than the previous coach ...but PCB is looking to hire some foreign batting consultants .....JAVED MIANDAD is saying again and again that he is ready to work as a batting consultant so why waste money on foreign consultants but due to the personal grudge between PCB chairman and JAVED MIANDAD he is not being appointed .....GOD BLESS PAKISTAN CRICKET ...

  • Omarrz on March 3, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Pakistan need a psychologist. No coach. No trainer. Just a mind analyzer.

  • Abaa on March 3, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Great now kick that embarrassment of a chairman Ijaz Butt out of the country ...

  • on March 3, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    very good news for pakistani cricket w yu joined as coach. we are looking forward.

  • Awish on March 3, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    This is really a good move by PCB.,, Waqar is appropriate person for Pakistan Cricket in Current Scenario.... He's great fast bowler of his era,i'm sure he'll able to improve Paki bowlers skills,but it is up to players to cooperate with him and improve their abilities..On the other hand he should be given some time to work with team.. Best of luck to Waqar and Pakistan team..

  • sherazm on March 3, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Is this for real?

    Waqar is a playing legend but he was a very poor captain & with him as coach & Yusuf Bhai as captain I dont see a good combo, simply cos they both dont have good cricketing brains when it comes to captaincy.

    Although things are so bad currently that it can only get better, even w/them in charge, InshALLAH.

    I dont think this is a wise move but good luck to them none the less.

  • sohi_05 on March 3, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Well, I want to say only 1 thing... "BEST OF LUCK".

  • on March 3, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    let us see how much time he will be in that position without any controversies

  • beaman on March 3, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    atleast PCB have done one good work to appoint Waqar as a head coach, I believe waqar will done a better job like kirsten doing for Team India, now it's time for PCB to kick out king of grouping Shoaib malik from the team to make sure team play with unity.along with shoaib malik, imran farhat( who's in the team , just because his father in law Mohammad ilyas is in selection committee) need to be kick out. best of luck to waqar and Pakistan cricket team.

  • on March 3, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    that's a good move... hope they do well....